Nowitzki notched a double-double in Tuesday's loss, scoring 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds and two 3-pointers. Dirk has been up-and-down all season as the 37-year-old's body continues to break down. The double-double was just his second of the season as the seven-footer has averaged a mere 6.1 RPG in November. Nowitzki get's a tough task Wednesday against the Spurs.
Nowitzki scored 19 points Friday in a win over Utah. He finished 8-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. He added four rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 32 minutes of action. Nowitzki continued to have the hot hand, shooting over 60 percent from the field for the second straight game. For the year the former MVP is averaging 18.6 points per game on 53 percent shooting from the field.
Nowitzki contributed 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 34 minutes during the Mavericks' 106-102 win versus the Celtics on Wednesday. Through 11 games, Nowitzki is averaging 18.5 points (52.1 FG, 50.0 3Pt, 91.2 FT), 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 29 minutes per game. Nowitzki may not be among the elite in fantasy anymore at age 37, but his efficiency has been incredible this season. Having lost Monta Ellis to the Pacers in free agency, Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle doesn't have as many offensive weapons at his disposal as in recent years, and he has been forced to lean heavily on Nowitzki, a trend that will likely continue even as Chandler Parsons returns to full health.
Nowitzki scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter of Monday's 92-86 win over the 76ers. Dirk also added five rebounds and was able to put together a decent game despite starting slow shooting the ball. He shot poorly from the field (6-16), but managed to his half of his three-point attempts (3-6). The 37-year-old can still fill it up, but those games will likely be few and far between.
Nowitzki (rest) will return to the starting lineup Monday against the 76ers, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports. Nowitzki was one of three Mavericks starters who were rested for Saturday's win over the Rockets, which marked the second game of a back-to-back set. The 37-year-old could be subjected to some days off for maintenance purposes over the course of the season and is also expected to see his minutes count tail off after routinely averaging over 30 per game over the last decade-plus. Those built-in breaks will hurt Nowitzki's counting stats production, but should only continue to prop up his efficiency. The big man has been exceptional when he's taken the court this season, as he's shooting 52.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line, and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
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